23rd May 2014

Access to Incandescence: The Paintings of Conor Walton

"I want to paint images that are, in some sense, ‘icons,' that represent something I feel I can believe in. I want my pictures to carry conviction beyond technical competence."

03rd May 2014

Francoise de Felice, France: “My mother and the difficult relationship I had with her are what guide my work”

"My canvas portrays the different faces of the same woman. Fairy and witch are juxtaposed, there's a duel. I use women as a springboard to show that internal struggle within all of us, wrestling with feelings of happiness and yet unhappiness."

26th Apr 2014

Vincent Xeus: “I Was the First to Fall In Love”

"Growing up, I was most often the first kid to fall in love with something. I felt deep compassion for what was happening around me, empathy for the emotions of others. This became one of the biggest influences on how I developed as an artist."

26th Apr 2014

Laura Krifka: Of Predator and Prey

"Ultimately, I think the paintings are about the push and pull of predator and prey, and the way we encompass those roles within ourselves. This relates to sex, but also religion and history. The ways we justify or do not justify our own agendas to the world and to ourselves."

26th Apr 2014

To Remain Astonished: Interview with Concert Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi

"There is nothing more astonishing, and rewarding, than to play through a work you've played hundreds of times, and all of a sudden discover a new hidden line..."

19th Apr 2014

Sam Roxas-Chua, Eugene, Oregon: “Poetry is a Raft”

"Poetry is a raft for me. A safe raft that allows me to go into great depth and explore all the scary stuff. To make sense of what happened. Because if I wasn't able to make sense of what happened, I would be mute."

12th Apr 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole with Symbolist Painter Gail Potocki

"In my paintings, the woman is often a stand-in for all of humanity. I use the seduction of feminine beauty to act as a sort of 'lure' to encourage viewers to look longer and more closely at the work. She leads the viewers in, presents them with the unfolding scenario and makes them her co-conspirators. Without this human element in the painting, I think it is easier for the viewer to remove him or herself from the situation."

12th Apr 2014

Something Lost, Something New: Interview with Painter Maya Kulenovic

"This is how history unfolds, after destruction some things are forever lost, and some can be rebuilt. The result is something new, founded on the lifeline of what was before."

16th Mar 2014

When Courage and Goodness are Synonymous: Interview with Classical Figurative Painter, Luke Hillestad

"It's when characters in a picture are overflowing with Dignity, when I feel empathy for them, and I can sense they feel that for each other. All of my favorite work seems to have an abundance of dignity, empathy, and fantasy. For me, Courage and Goodness are synonymous." It seems to me that if we meet our truth with goodness/bravery - the result is beauty...Comfort - protection - consolation - we definitely long for these. Irony - at least as a philosophical groundwork - seems a shortcut - with no real satisfaction

22nd Feb 2014

To Paint That Eternal Music: Interview with Sol Halabi, Argentina

"I enter my paintings as if I am wandering through dreams, recognizing people, places and things, and yet the situations are of such strangeness and intensity that my mind must work to try to interpret and decode what I see. It is in that process where I find the value of my work: not what you see, but what is not. What generates my work internally, and when the painting is done, what it represents to the viewer."

15th Feb 2014

Vangelis Rinas, Greece: “The artist is born to suffer from incurable romance. No matter how hard reality becomes, he always believes that his work may change the world.”

"Don’t forget that we are born of the same land as Ulysses, made for travels and adventures, captains and fighters and explorers at the same time. Even when events don’t provoke us, we provoke events to happen. The artist, from wherever he comes, is born much like Ulysses."

06th Feb 2014

Thomas Dodd, Photographer, Mythmaker

"I have realized that everyone has something beautiful or intriguing about them in some way. My job is to find that and enhance it."

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